The 21 Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2017

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Travelling should not be financially damaging. If you have a tight budget but still want to explore the world, there are destinations you​ can look to for the best experience. Even if you have enough to spend, you could just be in need of making some savings while giving yourself or loved ones a good time. Here are the best destinations for budget traveling.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The nation of Kyrgyzstan is covered in mountains and forests and thus one of the best places to visit for the lover of the wild. You can celebrate the wild and the people with some of the cheapest experiences on the planet. A meal, for example, can go for as low as $2 yet very delicious and satisfying.

Seoul, South Korea

This Korean city is a great mix of local culture mixed with an international touch. You can enjoy various Korean dishes, the big and beautiful buildings, and everything you’ve always wanted in a modern city. The fact that it’s a city doesn’t, however, mean that it will cost you a fortune. It is a very affordable city.

Cape Point, South Africa

If you want to visit the southernmost tip of the Motherland, you should visit the Cape of Good Hope which is full of history and one of the few places you can find African penguins at the Boulder Beach and Cape Point National Park. The fees are also very enticing with a few hundred dollars taking you for days on end.

Palawan, The Philippines

Those with interests in some watery fun should look to Palawan for the best experience. You can go snorkeling, beach hopping, exploring the underground cave systems and diving all in one package in this area. The good news is that you won’t break the bank to take in all this fun. You also get to enjoy the local culture with your experiences.

Porto, Portugal

As the second largest city in Portugal, Porto has risen mostly due to a combination of tourist attractions and low prices. The region has affordable food, accommodations and low tourist fees.  It combines historic sites with churches, old buildings, fun sites and others for a wholesome experience for any visitor. Most of its sites date as far back as the year 300 BC for those who love good old history.

 Trencin, Slovakia

How about a small town you can visit for so little yet bask in so much glory? The town of Trencin is located just below a beautiful castle built in the medieval times. You cannot go wrong with the peace and level of tranquility you get once you arrive in this location.

Cairo, Egypt

The capital city of Egypt was once the center of civilization. It still retains most of its Glory to this day thanks to the many ancient pieces of art that dot the city. Although previously very costly, it has become cheaper all due to the political unrest that began with the infamous Arab Spring. Today, you can have great value for each dollar you spend in this country owing to favorable currency exchange rate.

Moab, Utah

While other areas boast of tourist attractions aided by man, the city of Moab in Utah boasts of the most natural geographic features you can find on the planet. You can easily access the three major parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point) from this city using an RV or public transportation. Make sure you have all your RV supplies with you when heading out for the fun ever ends.

Brasov, Romania

In winter, the whole of Romania is a fiery tale of a kind. In Romania especially, you get to enjoy a lot of what winter in Europe is known for but at a fraction of the cost you get in other locations. In Brasov, you will never get enough of the fun in winter.

Copán, Honduras

Media reports point to Honduras being a dangerous place and thus not good for the media. The truth is far from that however. Yes, there are gangs in the major cities of the country but they never tamper with the tourists visiting it. There are guides that will ensure you stay safe and enjoy the natural beauty of the country as much as you wish.

Northern Vietnam

It is known the world over that Vietnam is a budget destination. What people miss out is the part about northern Vietnam where the country comes into contact with China. While shunned by many people, this region is the true representation of the Vietnamese culture as most indigenous people are found here. You also get rice terraces and towering mountains with beautiful rivers all on a budget.

Lisbon, Portugal

After landing in Portugal, make sure you visit the city of Lisbon before you do anything else. The city is filled with historic sites and buildings, great museums, lovely music, an awesome nightlife and eateries with the tastiest of dishes. Even better is the knowledge that you can stretch very little money over a long period of time.

Bucharest, Romania

The city of Bucharest is home to many interesting items on offer. You get to explore the various pieces of architecture from old to modern buildings, cemeteries, museums and much more. The nightlife is also one to talk about once you experience it first-hand. Everything you do here will not cost you as much as it would in other locations in Europe.

Crete, Greece

Being the largest Greek island comes with various advantages one of which is that many people will stream to the area searching for fun activities. And Crete doesn’t disappoint as it has fun activities for everyone be they on budget or willing to blow away some money. The food and lodging costs are very lowly priced but with great quality in them.

Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia

It’s never easy to recommend an Australian destination as a good choice for those who wish to travel the world on a budget. However, Burleigh Heads in Queensland offers​ the best experience for anyone in need of experiencing traditional Australia without incurring too much. Besides the many attractions, you can also enjoy the temperature that is great all year round.

Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

The little Caribbean island has some of the best experiences for those bent on saving lots of money while having lots of fun. You will not be getting your very costly hotels and other items but are sure to enjoy the beaches, the treks, hikes and other fun activities. The Caribbean vibe is very strong here all for a little money from your pocket.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Chances are high that most readers have never heard of this beautiful location. And that is the very reason why you need to pay it a visit. It’s​ full of tranquility, beauty and tradition that you would feel close to nature like never before. It has beautiful natural forests and other features that will leave you wanting more but without the costly prices associated with such great experiences.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Anyone who has been to Bolivia never stops claiming of how much they were able to have great savings for very little. Bolivia is often underrated by destination reviews yet is has some of the most iconic​ sites on the planet. Even better is the fact that you will enjoy these sites for very little.

 Antigua, Guatemala

The home of the Mayan civilization can be explored for very little money. You can explore the wild countryside while spending nights in very comfortable locations spread across the nation and costing next to nothing. The Mayan civilization remains are there for all to bask in their glory and take pictures of. While here, you can enjoy the world’s largest Easter celebration, Semana Santa besides other lovely celebrations.

Hopkins, Belize

It may seem ironical that we have included Belize on the list of the world’s most cost effective tourist destinations when it is likely an expensive paradise. However, if you compare what Belize charges and what you get for your money with what European countries charge, you will gladly choose Belize. As stated here, it is little paradise that will give you memories like no other.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Not many people look at Georgia as a tourist destination of choice. That is because they have never visited the location and because they have visited the most advertised areas. If you go to Georgia and simply focus on the fun, you will come out with lots to talk about and your perception about this country will definitely change for the better. It is also very friendly to the pocket and you will realize once your holiday comes to an end.

Even if a name has been included on this list, you need to learn of ways of saving money even when you are in a cheap location. Many guides will also give you tips on how to save money on your trips and other locations of interest.

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